Information Security

smbclient : Backtrack 5: Non Menu Items: CLI Commands: smbclient

The smbclient command line application included in Backtrack Linux is a staple for pentesting. I would imagine anyone that has done a pentest has used it to quickly verify SMB (Server Message Block) or CIFS (Common Internet File System) shares. The smbclient manpage describes it as a FTP-like client to access SMB/CIFS resources on servers. Below we describe varios smbclient commands in details to provide a basic understanding of its capabilities and what output will look like when using this tool in Backtrack Linux.

Information Security

smbclient – Backtrack 5 – Information Gathering – Network Analysis – SMB Analysis –

In the Backtrack menu under Information Gathering > Network Analysis > SMB Analysis there is a menu item named smbclient which should actually be named While the script does actually use smbclient it provides a different interface, commands, no switches, etc. making it fairly different than smbclient itself. While both smbclient and are supposed to provide the same end results they don’t because is extremely buggy so I will be writing an article on each so there is no confusion.

Technology Errors

smbclient Backtrack Linux – sh: line 0: cd: /pentest/python/impacket-examples/: No such file or directory

When attempting to launch smbclient via the Backtrack menu in Backtrack Linux version 5 release 3 you will receive an error stating there is no such file or directory. It appears some of the paths have changed between Backtrack Linux releases and the menu item for smbclient was not updated. I personally prefer smbclient from the command line however if you like the python script then fixing it is easy as noted in the details below.